Dunloy make their debut at St. Paul’s

FonaCAB Ulster Minor Football Tournament,

Sunday 9th December St. Paul’s

The FonaCAB Minor Football tournament continues at St. Paul’s this Sunday and it’s the turn of Antrim champions, Cuchullain’s Dunloy to test themselves against the best Ulster has to offer. After a bright start last weekend where a Padraig McGettigan led St. Eunan’s Letterkenny held off a late comeback by Errigal Ciaran of Tyrone and a young Crossmaglen side proved too good for Derrygonnelly of Fermanagh where Cian McConville, son of former Crossmaglen and Armagh star, Jim McConville was prominent its the turn of the Antrim champions.

Dunloy face Derry champions Bellaghy at 1-00pm at St. Paul’s and it’s a Bellaghy side who go into this tournament with a big reputation but they will get nothing easy from a Cuchullain’s side who have impressed on their way to this year’s Antrim title.

The Dunloy men put in their best performance of the year when beating a good St. Gall’s side in the county final in Ahoghill to take the crown for the second time in three years with nine points to spare.

Paddy Kinsella, Anton McGrath and Aaron Crawford anchor a good defence while Callum Scullion and Ryan McFarlane form a strong mid-field partnership. In attack too Dunloy have a number of useful forwards with Seaan Elliott, Anthony Smith, Daithi McGuigan and Antom McGrath all potential match winners on their day.

This Dunloy side have a lot of miles under their belt this year, having completed an Antrim double to win the hurling championship before losing to Dungiven in the Ulster final. A good number of them have also been in action in the U21 football championship this year where they have reached the semi-final so nerves or lack of match experience isn’t likely to be a problem.

Never the less Bellaghy will probably start as favourites but Dunloy will bring a big support to Shaw’s Road and we are likely to be in for a cracker.

In the other quarter-final on Sunday at Colaiste Feirste Oliver Plunkett’s of Cavan face Down champions Ballyholland Harps at 4-00pm.

Action from St. Eunan’s Letterkenny’s win over Errigal Ciaran and Crossmaglen’s win over Derrygonnelly last weekend.

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